Matthew Wilson, Political Science, lieutenant governor candidates on education

KERA

Posted Oct. 20, 2014

…..As the Republican nominee in a red state, Patrick is the front-runner in this race. Southern Methodist University Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson believes if Patrick wins he would take his tea party values to the lieutenant governor’s office.

“He’ll want to give these proposals a hearing before the senate. And so therefore, his election would create more of an opportunity for these cherished conservative priorities to actually see the floor,” Wilson says. READ MORE

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Department of Religious Studies hosts a lecture on Muslims and Jews in Christian America

Dallas Morning News

By TAYLOR DANSER Neighborsgo tdanser@neighborsgo.com

Published: 23 October 2014 08:25 AM

Religious historian Charles L. Cohen will lecture on Jews and Muslims in Christian America at 4 p.m. Thursday in Room 100 of Southern Methodist University’s Hyer Hall.
Cohen is the E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions and director of the Lubar Institute for the study of Abrahamic Religions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information call Richard Cogley at 214-768-2099.

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William Steding, senior fellow at the Center for Presidential History, featured in D Magazine

D Magazine, November 2014

How Technology Is Helping Investors
New tools are helping to put their money where their mouse is.

There was a time when William Steding was like many investors, his eyes glued to CNBC as he made day trades facilitated by newly developed software. Over the last decade, though, Steding gradually came to realize that financial planning and wealth management firms were becoming much more sophisticated technologically, and he had an epiphany.

“Clients like me said, ‘I don’t want to do it anymore. You guys handle it,’ ” says Steding, a former broadcasting mogul who’s now a senior fellow at the Center for Presidential History at SMU. Thanks to online planning and performance-reporting tools offered through firms such as Dallas-based True North Advisors, he doesn’t have to spend so much time tuned to CNBC. “I don’t have to worry about watching the market,” Steding says. “And I really only talk with True North about my stuff quarterly, or every five or six months. It gives me peace of mind, more than anything else.” READ MORE

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10 colleges with the highest paid psychology graduates

USA Today

Originally Posted: Oct. 17, 2014

Psychology majors explore different personality types, how humans develop, how we respond to our environment and why we behave the way that we do. A degree in this field of study can lead to careers in social work, marketing, human resources and public health programs, with more opportunities arising for those who choose to pursue an advanced degree.

The average starting salaries across all graduates with a bachelor’s in psychology is $35,000.

Most graduates who work in this field find they have to pursue an advanced degree to find more competitively paying positions. However, the college you attend can also play a big role in how much you earn.

Certain schools have a track record of creating a high earnings boost that allows their graduates to make more money than other psych majors.

This list rounds up the top 10 colleges with the highest paid graduates in psychology, based on salary data provided by PayScale.

Note: Although we believe that knowing the average salaries of graduates gives you some very useful information about these colleges, note that this ranking is based only on salary data and is not meant to rate the overall quality of the school. Also note this list is based only on the salaries of students with bachelor’s degrees and does not take into account those who have gone on to get advanced degrees.

1. SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY: DALLAS, TEX.

Founded in 1911, Southern Methodist University is a private research university. The school offers small classes and promotes research and discussion, two major elements of a psychology program. Psychology graduates from this program may only earn an average starting salary of $39,000, but they have the potential to earn the highest mid-career average salary of $109,000. The school is also ranked as the 3rd best university in the state of Texas.

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Professors and Pumpkins

UnknownWednesday, October 29th
4:30-6:00pm
Scholars’ Den (Clements Hall Basement)
Questions? dca@smu.edu

All Dedman College students and Professors are welcome to attend “Professors and Pumpkins” on Wednesday, October 29th. This is an opportunity for faculty and students to come together outside the classroom for a spooky evening of coffee and conversation. Come early for the pumpkin decorating contest at 4:30pm and stay for the conversation, beginnign at 5:00pm. Professors are welcome to bring their families and students are encouraged to bring friends. Halloween treats will be provided in addition to the coffee and lively conversation!

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Human Rights Hangout!

Event date: 10/23/2014

Event time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Event Contact: Maddie Chardmchard@smu.edu

Event Description: Meet and greet! Come get to know human rights majors and minors!

For more information: www.smu.edu/humanrights

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Bernard Weinstein, Economics, Declining Oil Prices Won’t Slow Drilling

The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Posted Oct. 21, 2014

WHEELING – Two geology professors do not expect to see a slowdown in Marcellus and Utica shale drilling just because the price of oil dropped from a recent high of $107 per barrel in May to $82.75 Monday.

“Ten years ago, we thought $100 (per barrel) oil would be the end of the world. We adjusted. Now, we’ll adjust to this,” said Bernard Weinstein, a professor of economics at Southern Methodist University, following his Monday speech during the Ohio Trucking Association convention at Oglebay Park.

Weinstein said oil production from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas is powering the U.S. to soon become the world leader in oil production. Some Utica and Marcellus oil production adds to the domestic total, as drillers such as Gulfport Energy, Chesapeake Energy and Rice Energy have recorded oil production in West Virginia and Ohio. READ MORE

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Ezra Greenspan, English, new biography of black Civil War-era author William Wells Brown is now out

The New Yorker

Published Oct. 20, 2014141020_r25626-320

WILLIAM WELLS BROWN, by Ezra Greenspan (Norton). This biography of the most prolific black author of the Civil War era follows its subject from a slave farm in Missouri through a daring escape to freedom and a career as an abolitionist, writer, temperance advocate, and medical doctor. Born to a slave mother and a white father, Wells Brown wrote histories and novels featuring black characters, which became best-sellers. Nearly as well known in his time as his contemporary Frederick Douglass (with whom he occasionally sparred in the press), Wells Brown was largely forgotten until the civil-rights era “rediscovered” him. Greenspan’s book does much to restore him to his proper place in the canon, and provides an invaluable window into the early moments of the modern black struggle for equality. READ MORE

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Benjamin Phrampus, Earth Sciences, could methane gas explain Bermuda Triangle?

Discovery

Published Oct. 16, 2014

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…”Gas hydrate is known to exist along the U.S. North Atlantic continental margin, with a very large province on Blake Ridge (north of the Bermuda Triangle),” Benjamin Phrampus, an Earth scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, told Live Science in an email. READ MORE

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George Holden, Psychology, to spank or not to spank

Christian Science Monitor

Published Oct 19, 2014

BOSTON — The way corporal punishment evolved in Sandy Haase’s family is, in many ways, typical. Growing up in Orange County, in California, in the 1960s, Ms. Haase knew what would happen if her father got angry. If she or one of her siblings talked back, or perhaps turned on the TV when they were not supposed to do so, “it was ‘Go and get the yardstick,’ ” she says. READ MORE

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